Angkor Wat’s small circuit – Legends of the Hidden Temples Part II

Angkor Wat’s small circuit – Legends of the Hidden Temples Part II

This post covers Day 2 of temple sightseeing, this time at Angkor Wat’s small circuit.  For details on the large circuit as well as sunrise at Angkor Wat, please see my post here. Annika and I had both heard of people renting bicycles to see the temples that make up the small circuit.  Wanting a bit more independence as well as an excuse to get some good exercise, we were able to find a place within Siem Reap that would rent them to us for $2/day (with a $50 deposit)….

Angkor Wat’s grand circuit – Legends of the Hidden Temples Part I

Angkor Wat’s grand circuit – Legends of the Hidden Temples Part I

Since my 30 day Thailand visa was about to expire, I decided to do a visa run to a neighboring country to extend it.  It just so happens that Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, is right on the border of Cambodia and Thailand, and only about an 8 hour bus ride from Bangkok.  I decided it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.  This post chronicles the first day of temple sightseeing including the sunrise over Angkor Wat and Angkor Wat’s grand circuit. The two most travelled paths…

Trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park

Trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park

In addition to Thailand’s many beautiful beaches and islands, it is also host to lush forests and mountainous regions, particularly in Northern Thailand.  I knew that I definitely was interested in going on a multi-day trek into the countryside, but there were a variety of options available.  I wanted to avoid the more “touristy” ones that include stops of elephant riding where the elephants aren’t treated well, and the Long Neck Karen tribe, where women wear brass coils to elongate their necks.  Some of these tours treat these people like…

Ziplining in Chiang Mai

Ziplining in Chiang Mai

While I’ve been lucky enough to do several more daring activities such as skydiving and bungee jumping, ziplining is an activity that I previously never had a chance to do.  Since Chiang Mai offers a plethora of adventure activities, all at affordable rates, I knew I could not pass it up this time. After researching several of the different companies and comparing reviews and pricing, I chose to go with Zipline Skyline Adventure, and did not regret it.  They picked me up at my hostel early in the morning around 8am,…

Helpful Tips for Motorbiking around Pai

Helpful Tips for Motorbiking around Pai

Pai is a sleepy little hippie town, located about a 3 hour drive northwest of Chiang Mai. The population is extremely small, only about a few thousand people. In recent years, it has become very popular with travelers and tourists, and has a similar vibe to Thailand’s island minus the beaches and sand. One of the best things to do besides chill out in Pai is to rent a motorbike and go motorbiking around Pai to see its famous sights, all located within biking distance of the city center. It…